Brad Hesse is Chief of the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch. For more than two decades, he has been conducting research in the interdisciplinary fields of social cognition, health communication, health informatics, and user-centered design.
Dr. Hesse was recruited to NCI in 2003 and has since been focusing his energies on bringing the power of evidence-based health communication to bear on the problem of eliminating death and suffering from cancer. He continues to direct the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), a biennial general population survey aimed at monitoring the public’s use of health information during a period of enhanced capacity at the crest of the information revolution; and he serves as program director for the Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, a cutting-edge research initiative aimed at expanding the knowledge base underlying effective cancer communication strategies.
Dr. Hesse has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, books, and book chapters. In 2009, his coauthored book, Making Data Talk: Communicating Public Health Data to the Public, Policy Makers, and the Press, was named Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.
Dr. Hesse has a degree in Social Psychology from the University of Utah.